Right now, the obvious choice is SSE because of funding alone, but I do not have a sense of the rankings of the European programs.
I have a few offers at this point, and I am having a hard time evaluating my options. Feedback and opinions from other applicants and graduate students will help me make an educated choice, so please let me know what you think my best course of action would be. Any information about the programs below, regarding placements, learning environment, interaction with faculty, funding, etc. is very welcome. I think current graduate students will be able to offer a lot of insight.
I am mainly interested in microeconomic theory, specifically applications of game theory to economics. I am not going to go into more detail here.
1. Autonomous University of Barcelona (IDEA program, will have to pay tuition, awarded a stipend for the first year)
2. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Economics program, no tuition waiver)
3. Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D., waitlisted for funding)
4. Stockholm School of Economics (Ph.D., full funding)
1. Tilburg University
2. Bocconi University
3. Paris School of Economics (M1 track)
4. University of California- Santa Barbara
5. London School of Economics (EME program)
On a peripheral note, there are deadlines to accept some of the offers I have. But all my results are not in yet. In such a scenario, what does an applicant usually do?
I'd like to know more about these programs, and how they compare with one another especially with regard to my field of interest. I want to attend the best possible program.
Penn State has a great program for theory, econometrics, trade, and probably some other fields. They punch above their weight in those areas. No funding is tough but I'm sure it's only for one year. If you have a tuition waiver and only need to cover living expenses for a year I'd definitely go to Penn State if you think you are good and would like to research in one of the aforementioned fields (provided that you prefer US to europe).
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